part of the ongoing efforts and activities coupled with continuous security
assessment of the country, the director general of the State Intelligence
Service (SIS), Ousman Sowe, on Friday laid the foundation stone of a new office
at Yerro Bawol village, Wuli West District, Upper River Region.
The laying of the foundation stone was attended by senior operatives of the State Intelligence Services (SIS). Upon completion, the office will be the regional command of the SIS in the northern part of the region which will be headed by a regional director.
The initiative is part of the SIS National Security Belt Initiative (NSBI); as part of consolidating the national gains being witnessed across the country in collaboration with other security services and other key stakeholders.
Speaking at the event, the SIS boss spoke at length on the significance of peace and stability within the communities and the country at large. He also called for community participation toward safeguarding the peace and stability that the country continues to enjoy.
“Part of my objectives is to ensure that we have a security belt across the country. I want to make sure that our security is close to the door-steps of every Gambian. Our operatives will be stationed in this area and they will be working 24 hours in ensuring that the country remains saved,” he said. He added that after the completion of the office, some issues that were affecting the communities of the area particularly cattle rustling and others will become history.
National development, he went on, cannot be achieved if there is no peace and stability. Mr. Sowe therefore challenged communities of the area to complement the efforts of various security apparatus within the region by giving them the necessary information whenever there are suspected wrongdoings within their villages.
“As part of our new strategy in ensuring that there is security belt across the country, we have offices in Kerr Pateh in NBR and Fatoto in URR among other strategic locations in the country. Our operatives are well trained in terms of detecting issues, thus community participation in sharing information on some activities within their areas is paramount.”
Commenting on some of the constraints raised by the people of Yerro Bawol particularly water shortage, DG Sowe assured them that the issues would be channelled to the right authority.
The alkalo of Taibatou, Mbemba Jabbi, hailed the director general of the SIS for his great initiative.
“The SIS, formerly called the NIA used to be one of the most feared institutions in the country because people’s perception about them was arresting people. However, with the new leadership at SIS, things have changed. This is the kind of intelligence we need in the country,” he stated.
Democracy, he said, should not let us jeopardise the peace and stability that we enjoy in the country, adding that cattle rustling is among the biggest challenges their communities.
The alkalo of Yerro Bawol, Alfusainey Bah, and the former councilor of the area, Saibeh Juwara, both dwelled on the importance of the new SIS office in the area. “With the new office and their operatives, some of the criminal activities that used to happen before will become history,” Mr. Juwara said.